Allamakee County Board of Supervisors hears further pleas for paving of roadways near Heytman's Landing

by Bob Beach

Property owner Jim Dyer addressed the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting Tuesday, September 30 regarding his previous request to have Heytman Drive and Riverview Road paved near the Mississippi River between Lansing and Harpers Ferry. Dyer told the Board that maintaining the current gravel roads is both expensive and time consuming and does not improve the safety of the road for long. He said that safety is the primary reason that he has requested that the roads be paved, saying that all other concerns are secondary.
Dyer and other residents of the area told the Board that they feel that they are not getting any services for the property taxes they pay. He presented the Board with a petition signed by 37 area residents in support of paving the roads, but Leon Mohn, who also lives in the area, spoke in opposition to the proposal. Mohn said that he would not voluntarily give up the land necessary for the paving and widening of the road.
Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour explained that the proposed paving project is not a high priority based on the Iowa Department of Transportation's formula for determining whether a road should be paved. The Board agreed to consider the project when it reviews the engineer's five-year plan for road projects.

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